On May 26th, 1995 an America West flight 564 was cruising west near Bovina, Texas at approximately 39,000 feet when the pilots spotted an object flying around 30,000 feet. The object was described as cigar shaped, at least 300-400 feet in length, with strobe lights blinking in succession in a counter-clockwise fashion. The flight crew immediately notifies the Albuquerque FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center to discuss their sighting and potentially identify the object.
Upon contacting air traffic control they learned that no radar tracking station had contact with the object. As the flight continued along its flight path the object began to fall behind them, however could be tracked during lightning strikes from a thunderstorm that had developed behind the object. As the lightning would strike it would illuminate the object for a brief period.
Air traffic control reached out to several other aircraft in the area as well as NORAD, which did confirm it was tracking an object, however it turned out that it was a small plane with a non-functioning transponder. The next day however, the pilot reached out to NORAD once again where they were told that they had tracked another object that matched their description.
NORAD described the object as being stationary at first, but would accelerate rapidly for a few seconds before becoming stationary once again. They estimated that the quick darts of travel were between 1,000 and 1,400 miles per hour.
The video linked below is a complete record of the air traffic control chatter this evening regarding the object. As you can hear, several planes and organizations join into the conversation at points.
It is important to note that it is believed that this object was in restricted airspace belonging to the U.S. Military. According to the Air Traffic controller the area they were talking about is used during the day for Military testing of aircraft. The restricted area is between Fort Sumner and Clovis, New Mexico and is still active to this day.
Considering the level of detail the audio logs go into and the apparent interest from various pilots and agencies I believe this to be a true UFO sighting. Additionally, this object was tracked by NORAD and was reported at speeds of up to 1,400 miles per hour and could stop and start its motion with ease.
I also believe that pilots make the best witnesses in cases like this as well. They are trained professionals who know what to look for in the skies. They know what other aircraft look like and they know direction and altitude measurement incredibly well. I believe pilots can estimate range and altitude better than nearly any other profession simply because they do it day in and day out.
I love this case because it seems to be one of the very few cases that are truly explainable, have been tracked by multiple agencies, and have credible witnesses.